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Can I Go Swimming With A Perforated Eardrum
Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked. ...Read more
Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. ...Read more
See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ent) as an outpatient. ...Read more
I been to the doctors 3days ago they told me I had a perforated eardrum and give me tablets, I accenditly got water into it what is going to happen?
Possibly drainage: A perforated ear drum can be due to infection or trauma. Pills probably will not help. It is true that if a perforation exists, getting water in the ear canal and through the ear drum into the middle ear space can lead to an infection. ...Read more
Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?
Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! ...Read more
Perferated Eardrums: Perforated eardrums is a common and most often fairly harmless complication of an ear infection. Usually it heals well without complication and without permanent hearing loss. Sometimes the hole in the eardrum does not heal properly and permanent hearing loss can occur which is sometimes surgically correctable. Amoxicillin is one of the more popular antibiotics used to treat and works well. ...Read more
Yes and no: A hole in the eardrum does cause a conductive hearing loss, but typically once that hole resolves the hearing is restored. Some holes heal on their own, but other ones need to be surgically repaired for them to be fixed. I woud see an ENT to find out your options. And in the meantime try to keep that ear from getting water in it. ...Read more
Afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose won't go to your ear so that is definitely safe. Even if you got a little afrin (oxymetazoline) in your ear it should still be okay as it is used sometimes in ear surgeries if there is bleeding in the ear.
Remember not to use afrin (oxymetazoline) more that a few days as it has the potential to be "addicting". ...Read more
You can -: You can - but harder to interpret results. ...Read more
How can I know if my perforated eardrum is healing, not getting worse? (assuming I just want to self-check)
Need a doctor: Need a doctor to look in your ear and check it. It is impossible for you to look in your own ear and you would need you what you were looking for. ...Read more
Absolutely: The ear with the perforation will be the happiest ear on the plane as it will have instantaneous pressure equalization and no problem whatsoever. Ear problems occur when the pressure outside the ear drum is significantly different than pressure inside the middle ear. With a hole that can't happen. ...Read more
No: Your ear drum will heal independent of an ear plug, assuming that it will heal on its own. The vast majority of tympanic membrane perforations heal spontaneously assuming it is not due to a slag burn from welding. That injury sears the drum and usually won't heal on its own. Surgery is frequently needed. If in doubt see your doctor. ...Read more
Varies: Some will heal spontaneously over time and others (usually older kids) might need an operation to patch it. ENT docs can take tissue from other parts of the head and create a patch that will work, but the work is delicate and best done in experienced hands. ...Read more
Diagnosis: The best way to determine if you have a perforated ear drum is to see an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Should be fine:
Neti pots (saline irrigations of the nose) are pretty benign (not too much risk of harm).
Go ahead and try it. You could notice some water come out of your ear with the perforation, which is generally ok.
There is possibly a risk of ear infection. (especially if you get infections with swimming). If that happened, you'll have to treat it, and stop the neti pot. ...Read more
Evaluation Needed: It could be sinus related, jaw related, tmd related and a myriad of other pathologies so it may be advantageous to get an evaluation and proper diagnosis. ...Read more
The three best symptoms of a healed eardrum perforation are water tolerance in the shower, no whistle when you blow your nose, and hearing levels back to baseline.
The best way to know for sure is to have your doctor examine your ears. The ears have no "user modifiable" parts. ...Read more
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